It's the best, most convenient and stress-free way to get around the metropolitan area. You can explore the city and its Virginia and Maryland suburbs without the hassles of traffic and parking or the expense of gas.
Farecards and Passes
Each person needs his/her own farecard or pass to ride Metrorail. A pass or farecard cannot be shared with another person. Farecards hold between $1.50 and $45 and are available at fare vending machines in Metrorail stations. You can buy farecards worth $10, $15 or $20 online. If you have a group, call Group Sales at 202-962-1488 for assistance. Customers can also purchase a SmarTrip® card, which is a permanent, rechargeable farecard.
It's like a credit card, and is embedded with a computer chip that keeps track of the value of the card. SmarTrip® cards are usable on either bus or rail and must be used to pay for parking at Metrorail stations.
Purchase at Metro sales offices or outlets for $5. SmarTrip® cards are also sold for $10 (with $5 value loaded) through vending machines at all stations where parking is available. Use Metro's Trip Planner online if you wish to determine your exact fare and route, or for an exact fare from one station to another, go to the Stations page and choose a starting station. For general Metrorail fare information see: http://www.wmata.com/fares/metrorail.cfm
$9.00 One Day Pass
With a One Day Pass, you can ride Metrorail as much as you want in a day. It's good after 9:30 a.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends and federal holidays. Buy online or at any Metro station from a Passes/Farecards machine. Metro sales offices are located at the Metro Center station, the Pentagon station, and Metro Headquarters at 600 5th Street, NW, Washington, DC. Metro sales offices carry all visitor's passes and senior/disabled farecards.
Parking at Metrorail
Metro operates parking facilities at 42 Metrorail stations. All 42 stations offer daily or hourly parking.